Hey guys, I've read tons on different certificates in either fitness training/ nutrition certificates, and which certificates are better etc
Obviously a lot of these are American, I'm just wondering if anyone knows where or what certificates are worth going for in Canada (Toronto)
My overall goal, is to work for myself, preferably in nutrition/training areas.
I would love to develop programs for people, either with fat loss/muscle gain/or other health issues. Same goes for the training part.
Any help/direction would be great. I did google but the schools and certificates available are just overwhelming.
Thanks for the help.
Thread: Canadian, Fitness/Nutrition
11-07-2012, 04:13 PM #1
11-07-2012, 05:40 PM #2
The easiest one to get for Canadians is Can-Fit-Pro. You can do it in a weekend, it isn't overly expensive and is recognized by any gym. The only problem is that you don't learn anything useful and it is basically a piece of paper. CPTN is the exact same thing under a different name, in fact their textbooks and tests are virtually identical (it was started by a disgruntled PT who didn't like Can-Fit-Pro). Some people will tell you to go for the CSEP cert as well but it is completely outdated and again, not very useful. If you just want a cheap easy cert then these are the ones to go for.
I always recommend people go for either the NSCA-CPT, NASM or ACSM if you can - they are recognized in higher regard by any gym, but they are also more expensive (about $600 instead of $300) and harder to get because the exam actually forces you to learn the material. You can also work anywhere with them and are more likely to get hired than someone who applies with just a Can-Fit-Pro/CPTN cert.
11-07-2012, 06:03 PM #3
I see the Sticky describing the 3 you mentioned Im going to read as much as possible about the differences.
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11-08-2012, 11:34 AM #4
I'm from Toronto too, and after doing my research I went with the ISSA. Reasons being:
• It fit my budget at the time
• Worked with my schedule/timeline
• Well recognized both in and out of the country (important to me)
• Decently respected in the industry
And as I later found out, their customer/student services are great. I love the follow up and that I can reach out to them at any time. (E.G. Post-program I wanted to replace a missing text of mine and it was no fuss; expedited arrived next day.) I'm sure the other brands have good services/people too, but I'm just speaking from my own experience.
Also, I see you already nixed CanFit. Good for you. I REALLY doubt they'd be so popular if GoodLife gyms didn't push them like crazy (because they get a kickback)...
My 2¢. Good luck finding what fits for you.
11-08-2012, 01:32 PM #5
11-08-2012, 01:53 PM #6
11-08-2012, 03:56 PM #7
N thanks ill def look into it. I also like how ISSA has a variety of courses to take, from PT, nutrition, therapy etc
I also like how they bundle some of these courses "Master Trainer" not sure if its worth the money though?
Also how come these certs are so not as long as a college course for example humber etc?
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11-08-2012, 06:39 PM #8
11-08-2012, 11:03 PM #9
There's no classes you have to be present for (part of the reason I picked it as my schedule at the time wouldn't allow consistent attendance).
Regarding the money, the best thing I can say is that I don't regret it (and I'm not a person who has cash just lying around. See: budget). Also, if you take the time to call them and speak to a rep before committing to any program you may be able to get a deal or price break; something not available unless you make the effort to learn more. Obviously I can't promise it, but that was my experience and another way they tipped the scales in their favour.
Having not been to Humber, I couldn't say (actually I'm a Sheridan alum, myself) but wager it has to do with the way the curriculum is broken up to best accentuate each learning style, whether you go solo or en mass in a class room (which naturally has a much more ridged schedule). You will not be spending time building models of the CNS out of pipe cleaners to present though.
11-08-2012, 11:35 PM #10
11-09-2012, 01:02 AM #11
11-10-2012, 06:04 AM #12
11-11-2012, 05:31 PM #13
Going to hop on this thread, see what else is to be said!
I'm also in Canada looking for an alternative to the CanFitPro course... something that actually give me knowledge to work with not just a piece of paper for passing an easy quiz.
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11-11-2012, 05:37 PM #14
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